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Antwerpen… Rubens and Groenplaats

The Groenplaats or ‘Green Place’, one of Antwerp’s most prominent squares, is located in the heart of the city’s historic district, near the Cathedral of Our Lady. Until the 18th century, the Groenplaats was Antwerp’s main cemetery. During the Austrian occupation, emperor Joseph II abolished cemeteries inside the city walls, so it was converted into…

Peter Paul Rubens (detail)

Peter Paul Rubens (June 28, 1577 – May 30, 1640) was a prolific seventeenth-century Flemish Baroque painter, and a proponent of an exuberant Baroque style that emphasized movement, color, and sensuality. He is well-known for his Counter-Reformation altarpieces, portraits, landscapes, and history paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects. In addition to running a large studio…